It was announced this week that Down Syndrome Australia has a new Chief Executive Officer, Ruth Webber.
Ms Webber worked in politics for many years, as a campaigner, policy adviser, political party official and as a Senator for Western Australia.
After leaving the Senate Ruth has advised a number of peak not-for-profit organisations.
In addition, Ruth is currently Deputy President of the Mental Illness Fellowship of WA, and has served on the boards of Carers WA, Women’s Health Works and the ArtSound FM radio station.
“I’m really looking forward to working with the Down syndrome community. In politics I always worried about the sections of our society that either didn’t know how to access the political system or weren’t able to.”
“I’m hoping I can use whatever skills, networks and knowledge I have to bring the Down syndrome community’s issues to the attention of the government and other key decision makers, in the hope that we can all work together and build a more confident and secure future for people with Down syndrome” said Ms Webber.